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Colleges fail on tobacco ban

THE majority of local colleges do a poor job of controlling smoking, as 94 percent received a failing grade in an undercover investigation by the Chinese Association on Tobacco Control.

The major problems are the lack of no-smoking signs and people to dissuade smokers in public. Moreover, the investigation found that the smoking ban is widely ignored in male dorms, canteens and classroom blocks.

Despite the 94 percent failure rate, Shanghai came in ninth out of 31 provinces and cities across the country with an average score of 34 points. Some 800 domestic colleges and universities in China were inspected and 98 percent of them failed the check.

The maximum score was 100 points, and 60 was the cutoff for a passing score. The results were announced yesterday.

Xu Guihua, deputy director of the association, said the investigation reflects the real condition of each college because they visited the campuses without informing them beforehand.

Shanghai's Tongji University won the top place in both the city and the country, with 72 points. The Shanghai University of Sport was second in the city with 63 points.

The remaining 31 local universities failed.


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